The pomegranate, or Punica granatum, is a shrub that produces a red fruit. Categorized as a berry, the pomegranate fruit is about 5-12 cm (2-5 inches) in diameter. It is red, round and looks kind of like a red apple with a flower-shaped stem. The skin of the pomegranate is thick and inedible, but there are hundreds of edible seeds called arils within. The arils are what people eat, either raw or processed into pomegranate juice. Pomegranates have an impressive nutrient profile. Lets mynutrisi talk about the benefits of pomegranates
Benefits of Pomegranate Despite of Ruby Look
Pomegranate is known as magical fruit. It has been used for medical purposes for thousands of years. These foods contain powerful antioxidants and are rich in vitamins. It has even been proven to be a cure for many diseases. It helps treat abdominal pain, hot flashes, menopause, hemorrhoids, conjunctivitis, osteoarthritis, lowers blood pressure, stimulates the immune system, flu, reduces inflammation, reduces the risk of heart disease and lowers cholesterol.
For a healthy heart
Prof Michael Aviram, head of the Lipid Research Laboratory of the Rambam Medical Center in Israel’s Haifa. He says `Pomegranate is a cure for the heart ‘. Pomegranate has the potential to protect against heart attacks and stroke. According to a new study coming out of the Aviram lab and in his article from the Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal in April 2013, pomegranate juice has higher antioxidant concentrations than other sources such as red wine, grape juice, blueberry juice, cranberry juice and green tea .
Against prostate cancer and diabetes
One study shows that the antioxidants found in pomegranate juice may be beneficial to diabetics. Researchers found that drinking pomegranate juice reduced the “poor” oxidation of LDL cholesterol by immune cells which contributed to atherosclerosis. Two more recent studies by British and American researchers show that components in the pomegranate help prevent prostate metastasis.
Pomegranate makes you young
Chinese herbalogy says pomegranate juice is as a good to have a long life. The antioxidant extract contained in this pomegranate contains ruby that can prevent wrinkles on the skin. Pomegranate based products widely used cosmetics include anti-aging creams, massage oils, masks and toners.
So now, what are you waiting anymore? Lets take pomegranate your health.
How to Make the Best Homemade Pomegranate Juice
If you’ve never tasted fresh pomegranate juice before, you definitely need to give it a try. It tastes much lighter than store-bought versions and the juice gives off a beautiful magenta hue. Here is a simple tutorial how to cut open a pomegranate and make pomegranate juice! You will need about 5 to 6 large pomegranates to make around 4 cups of pomegranate juice. This is the best Pomegranate Juice recipe by Lisa Lin
Special Recipes of Homemade Pomegranate Juices :
- 6 pomegranate
- Using a paring knife, remove the part of the pomegranate that looks like a crown. I like angling my paring knife downward and making a circle around the crown.
- Score the pomegranate into sections. I find scoring the fruit 4 times is enough for me, but feel free to score it a few more times.
- Break open the pomegranate into sections.
- Fill a large bowl with cool water. Break apart the pomegranate arils underneath the water. It helps prevent pomegranate juice from squirting everywhere. (By the way, don’t wear light colored clothes while you’re doing this.) Drain the water from the pomegranate arils when you’re done separating them from the rind.
- Pour the arils into a blender. I used a high speed blender for this job, but a medium-speed blender works well, too. Blend until you no longer see whole arils inside the blender. This usually takes no more than 20 to 30 seconds.
- Pour the juice through a strainer. You’ll notice that the juice passes through the strainer pretty slowly because the pulp is pretty thick. To speed up the process, use a rubber spatula to press the pulp agains the strainer. The juice should drip through faster.
- Pour juice into a glass to serve. 5 to 6 large pomegranates should yield about 4 cups of juice. Leftover juice can be refrigerated in a jar for 5 to 6 days.
Nutrition Information: Amount Per Serving (1 cup):
- Calories: 136,
- Total Fat 1g,
- Saturated Fat: 0.2g,
- Sodium: 22mg,
- Cholesterol: 0mg,
- Total Carbohydrate: 33g,
- Potassium: 533mg,
- Dietary Fiber: 0.2g,
- Sugar: 31g,
- Protein 0.4g